A & B American Style Pepper Sauce

I came across A&B American Style Pepper Sauce at the First Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo last year (which was an amazing event, thank you Steve Seabury!). Knowing that A&B is going to be in attendance again at this year’s event, I figured it was time to share this find with you, our readers.

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A&B American Style Pepper Sauce

Our mission: Our Pepper Sauce is a great, all-natural replacement for your existing hot sauce, cocktail sauce or even ketchup. Though we think it’s amazing on everything you eat, it’s especially mind-blowing on oysters, shrimp, eggs and burgers.

A&B American Style Pepper Sauce bottles

I didn’t have any oysters or shrimp on hand, but after tasting this sauce, I can see why it shines on those foods. I did try A&B on some quesadillas and pizza.

Ingredients: White Vinegar, Red Fresno Chili Pepper, Carrot, Red Onion, Habanero Pepper, Salt

A&B Pepper Sauce texture

Texture and Appearance: This is a thick, deep-orange sauce, with the consistency of Sriracha. It doesn’t run or separate at all, and clings to the spoon very well. Perfect.

Taste straight up: A hint of sweetness comes first (from the carrots and peppers – no sugar here!), with just a trace of vinegar. The onion and pepper flavors are extremely well-balanced, making this a very enjoyable sauce. Stellar taste.

Heat level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – Mild. Only 1.5 stars, but the blend of peppers results in a heat that warms the entire mouth. Very satisfying.

A&B Pepper sauce on quesadillas

Taste on food: We tried this on chicken quesadillas, and loved it! I first just dipped the quesadilla into the sauce, but when slathered on top, it set up very nicely. It actually turned into a paste on top of the warm flour tortilla. A great sauce for dipping AND slathering! Excellent!

Label and Graphics: I love the old medicine-style 8 oz bottle, and the label follows that theme with old-timey fonts on a brown paper label. Classic.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – I give this 4 out of 5 stars for excellent overall flavor, perfect on any food you can imagine. It’s a little more expensive than other craft sauces we’ve had, but it is a great product made with great ingredients. Highly recommended.

A&B on Social Media: On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.

A&B’s tag line is “Flavor. Not just heat”, and they prove that with this sauce.
Check out their website www.abamerican.com to order their sauce and see all of the stores that carry their sauce. And tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Sakaja Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

SAKAJA LTD is dedicated to producing the finest products of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Their goal is to capture the indigenous herbs, fruits and vegetables known to the Islands and share them with the world.

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SAKAJA Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

This review is a result of one of those great connections that we’ve made between a reader of this blog and their favorite hot sauces. We have to thank Tanya Z. for hooking us up with Delano Handfield of SAKAJA Pepper Sauce from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Delano and I spoke by phone, just as he and the Islands were about to get into their “tourist” season (November thru February).

Delano spoke about his passion for creating fresh tasting sauces using local ingredients. If his Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce is any indication of the flavors and quality Sakaja uses, then they have a winning lineup.

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Ingredients: distilled vinegar, citrus, sugar, salt, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, all natural flavoring.

Texture & Appearance: Bright red in color, this slightly thin sauce has some bits of pepper skins and seeds and citrus floating about. It coats the sides of the bottle in a nice clinging kind of way.

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Taste Straight Up: Silky sweet at first, the coy, light-hearted flavor belies the fiery heat that lies within it. The sweetness is followed quickly by a full mouth and back of throat burn from the Scotch Bonnet peppers.

Label/Graphics: While their line of 6 sauces sport some varying and colorful labels, there is nothing remarkable here – there is a conch shell between two palm trees, surrounded by an array of citrus fruits. Lemons and limes hint at the light citrus flavor within. It’s pretty clear these are “island style” pepper sauces. (The label I have may be out of date – the website listed no longer functions, and I think Delano told be some new designs are in the works).

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Heat Level: Clocking in at 100,000 – 350,000 Scoville Heat Units, the Scotch Bonnet Pepper is similar to its cousin, the Habanero, only with a more sweet, fruity flavor. Which describes this sauce and its heat level almost perfectly. The Scotch Bonnet Pepper is no tame kitty. I do feel the heat level is short-lived though – adding to the sweetness and useful appeal of this sauce.

Final Thoughts: Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce made for a very hot taco sauce.

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I thought it was much better on pizza. I love a sweet-then-heat sauce on my pizzas.

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Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars 3/5 – While certainly not up the the superhots category, the classic taste of the Scotch Bonnet really comes through.

Overall: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars 4.5/5 – Deliciously sweet with heat, the great flavor and quality ingredients make this sauce a top pick in our book!

About SAKAJA LTD

Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce is one of six sauces created in the Turks and Caicos Islands by SAKAJA LTD. Visit them at http://sakajaltd.com to purchase this and their other sauces. And be sure and tell Delano that HotSauceDaily sent you.

Do you like “island style” hot sauces or pepper sauces? Tell us of your favorites in the Comments below:

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce review

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is an exotic blend of habanero peppers, tropical fruits and sweetness, plus freshly ground spices from around the world.

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Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce with a Tropical Twist

For all of you Caribbean style hot sauce lovers that relish a bright yellow hot sauce – perhaps with a mustard base and tons of exotic fruits – well this isn’t it! But, have we got a new Island Style hot sauce for you! Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is not like any other Caribbean style sauce we’ve ever had. Yet it brings on the heat, fruit, sweet and spice of the Islands. This stuff is different!

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Dirty Dick himself!

We met Chef Richard Westhaver (aka Dirty Dick) himself at the NY Hot Sauce Expo. And while you may think that one guy with one sauce may be battling upstream for attention… make no mistake, this sauce is a true winner, and worthy of any Caribbean style sauce award or fan.

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A man and his bottle

Speaking of awards, Dirty Dick’s has won numerous awards, including most recently a 1st Place 2013 NYC Hot Sauce Expo Screaming Mimi Award for Fruit Based Hot Sauce, as well as a 2013 Fiery Food Challenge Golden Chile Award for 1st Place Caribbean Hot Sauce. Okay, we’ve established this sauce is winning awards… let’s see what it tastes like.

Ingredients: habanero peppers, mangoes, pineapple, vinegar, bananas, tomatoes, brown sugar, sultanas [Thompson Seedless grapes], onions, garlic, salt & spices.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce sample

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Not your typical yellow Caribbean appearance. This sauce is a dark red color, with a very crunchy meaty mouth feel. There is a lot to chew on as you enjoy this sauce. Bits of everything seem to be floating in this medium-thick sauce. I love the texture.

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Love this texture

Taste Straight Up: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – First up is a big hit of spices and seasonings – with cinnamon and allspice or nutmeg being the most prevelant. Next up is heat from the habaneros, then a mild sweetness finishing up. Almost the opposite of what we usually experience with Caribbean sauces. (Usually you get ALL heat, and maybe, if you’re lucky, some sweet).

There is also a slight “jerk style” flavor happening, due mainly to the combination of habanero chiles and spices. Which makes even more sense when you check out Dirty Dick’s recipe page. There you will find a jerk marinade that features Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce, as well as a recipe for an award winning BBQ sauce.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce bottle and sample

… really good stuff.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Medium-hot. The heat fills the back of my mouth and down into the throat. Full bodied in its burn, yet flavor still trumps the heat here.

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Good looking colors and label

Label/Graphics: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – The bright yellow label and red lettering really stand out. A memorable look and easy to read fonts make this a classic label. There is the issue of the mascot that is the centerpiece of Dirty Dick’s logo. Yup, that is a pig.

The pig was the mascot of Dirty Dick and the Legless Wonders – Chef Dick’s old BBQ competition team.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our highest rating. Uniquely flavorful, with a perfect balance of sweet and heat and a spicy finish, brings this sauce up to the top. I can’t imagine not having a bottle of this sauce on hand at all times.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is simply stellar in taste, mouth feel, and flavor.

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On pizza… of course!

About Dirty Dick’s:
The brainchild of Chef Richard Westhaver, a former Competition BBQ cook and pitmaster, Dirty Dick’s has been winning awards since 2006!

Who would have believed the best hot sauce in the USA would come from the cooking of a Boston Yankee? Conceived in the Caribbean, perfected and produced in Massachusetts by an award winning BBQ chef.

Considered one of top three hot sauces in the country by Chili Pepper Magazine and the National barbecue Association.

Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce is also a perfect example of a small batch manufacturer sticking with just one sauce and making it an all-around winner.

Where to buy: Visit DirtyDicksHotSauce.com to purchase.
One bottle is $5.99 (+ $3.75 shipping) – but get 2 or 3 bottles – the shipping is the same low $6.75 for them. And a case of 12 is only $69 with free shipping!

You can follow Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce on Facebook

As always, tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

Punk’s Gourmet Pepper Sauce Review

Punk’s Gourmet Pepper Sauce is aptly named. I wouldn’t call it a hot sauce per se. Sweet, savory and slightly spicy, this very pourable sauce is more of a condiment than a hot sauce. It really is a pepper sauce of sorts. Available in big 12 ounce bottles, there are 2 versions, Mild and Smok’n.

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Punk’s Gourmet Pepper Sauce in Mild & Smok’n flavors

Ingredients: peppers, onion, vinegar, tomatoes, dark brown sugar, water, lemon juice, liquid smoke, garlic powder, paprika

The Mild and Smok’n both share the exact same list of ingredients, so I’ll assume the Smok’n version has a bit more of the “peppers” in it. Speaking of the “peppers” ingredient, when I pressed Punk himself, Marty Crews, he did divulge the blend of chiles that he uses. It’s an impressive short list of delicious and popular peppers, with one odd-ball exception. But I’m sworn to secrecy, so at this time it’s still his secret. I thought the chiles used were very close to the sweet Datil pepper out of Florida, but I was wrong. There are no Datil peppers in this sauce. 😉

Texture and Appearance:

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Punk’s Mild is dark, sweet, and savory

While not exactly a spectacular looking sauce, it is impressive in its body and cling factor. Just shy of medium thick, there are bits of ingredients that add a slight, yet tiny chunkiness to the look and feel. There’s a reddish-brown color to it that falls in between a catsup and barbecue sauce color. I know that’s vague, but it just doesn’t have a super unique look to it, and so the pictures will have to do.

Punk's Mild Pepper Sauce close up

Punk’s Mild Pepper Sauce close up

Taste:

Aroma? Sweet. Vinegar. Tomato. Those are the first things I smell in this sauce.

First taste? Sweet. Vinegar. Tomato. Yup! It’s consistent. A light, spicy heat follows… just barely singeing the tip of my tongue. I’ve tried so hard to avoid comparing Punk*s to a spicy ketchup, but the strong condiment profile is just too much to pass up.

THIS IS NOT A SPICY KETCHUP by any means. Perhaps it’s the dominant tomato flavor and consistency, but it is very much thinner than ketchup. Think more of a traditional taco sauce taste and flavor, kick it up 80% in flavor, and that’s what Punk*s tastes like to me. Only better.

With such a simple list of ingredients, hell, it even begins to look like what you might find in a BBQ sauce too. We’ve not grilled with it yet, but that is a future plan. I know Marty has posted a few grilling meals using his Punk*s sauce on his Facebook page.

And while we’re talking grilling with Punk*s, let’s address the “liquid smoke” ingredient. I know it’s controversial in the BBQ world, especially in BBQ sauces, but let’s face reality folks… liquid smoke is just that… smoke collected from, well, smoke and allowed to drip down and be collected in it’s condensed liquid form. It’s not man-made. It’s all natural. Folks either like it or not. I happen to think it’s usually a nice addition to sauces, BBQ or otherwise – as long as it’s not TOO strong or predominant. Punk*s keeps it light.

Finally, the mouth feel is delicious. The tiny bits and chunks add a nice texture, and the sweet brown sugar makes it very satisfying.

Heat Level:

Mild: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – With a big enough slurp off the spoon, I can manage a slight sweat on the top of my head. The peppers add just enough heat to keep this sauce in the mild category, while delivering a huge amount of flavor.

Smok’n: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Remarkably, Punk*s has kept the same sweet, delicious flavor in the Smok’n version, adding only more heat.

Punks Gourmet Pepper Sauce Smokn sample

Punks Gourmet Pepper Sauce Smok’n sample

Most sauces that shoot for a spicier version than the original somehow change the flavor profile slightly. Not so here. While I’ve given it only 1 more star for heat, the Smok’n is just not up in the 2.5 star range. I actually like that. A strong mild-medium heat from the Smok’n is perfect for this sauce and its flavor profile.

Packaging:

While I’m not normally a fan of many cartoon-like labels, in this case it just works. The label is simple, clean, and you know what you’re getting.

The large 12 ounce wide mouth bottle, more than twice the size of 5 oz bottles of most hot sauces, makes for a great package.

Punk's Gourmet Pepper Sauce Zip Strip

Punk’s Gourmet Pepper Sauce Zip Strip

Also, kudos to Punk*s for the easy-open top. A zip strip surrounds the lid making for a quick and easy opening. Yes, these little touches mean a lot to us reviewers.

Final thoughts:

I’ve dipped french fries and mozzarella sticks in it – superb! And I’ve tried it on pizza – perfect!

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Punk*s Smok’n on Pizza rocks!

This was one of the most fun, yet difficult reviews I’ve had to write in awhile, as Punk*s Gourmet Pepper Sauce is so hard to describe and categorize. Also, please note the unusual nomenclature in Punk*s name – an asterisk (*) replaces the apostrophe () in Punk*s, and Smokin’ is now Smok’n – very unusual spellin’s indeed!

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Yes, it’s a 5 Star sauce – our top rating!

Punk*s Gourmet Pepper Sauce is one of the best products I’ve tried so far in 2012, and could easily make it into my Top 10 list for 2012.

Punk*s Gourmet Pepper Sauce in big 12 ounce bottles can be found at PunkThisNow.com.

You can “Like” them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/PunkThisNow

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Pique mi Madre de Puerto Rico Hot Sauce Review

When we came upon this Pique mi Madre sauce at the Fancy Foods Show in DC last month, it was as beautiful and flavorful as our good friend Buddah had described it. We were on the first floor of the show, Buddah had already toured the second floor and told us to be on the lookout for it. The herbs and peppers floating in the clear liquid were stunning. We sampled the sauce and were blown away with the rich flavor it had. Now THIS is a habanero pepper sauce I could love having on my table at all times. And NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED is a winner with me – my ‘fridge is already full.

We’re talking “chunks” here people – chunks of garlic, chunks of habaneros, big pieces of oregano and whole black peppercorns were floating in a sea of vinegar with sugar and water added. Mi Madre’s Pique de Puerto Rico truly is a flavorful and beautiful sauce, packaged nicely in a smart flask style bottle of 6.4 ounces.

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Chunks of habaneros, garlic, oregano, black peppercorns float in Pique mi Madre

Check out our photos of this amazing concoction from our Puerto Rican friends at Mi Madre:

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Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Sauce Review

Datil Peppers are unique to the St Augustine area of Florida. And maybe we’re wishing for warmer weather here in Maryland, but our thoughts turn to Florida and when it comes to peppers, the Datil pepper from Florida is very much on the forefront.

We’re reviewing Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Sauce for you. But first…

You can go all around this great land of ours and ask “have you ever tried the Datil pepper?” or “do you ever use Datil peppers in your recipes or sauces?” and chances are you’ll get a quizzical look. What the heck is a Datil pepper?

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West Indies Creole Pepper Sauce

We are going international – to the West Indies for a look at some pepper sauces that you can get here in the US from California-Antilles Trading online. We can’t tell you how excited we are to be able to share with you these wonderful sauces from abroad, and the fact that they are so easily obtained.

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We’ve not been a fan of cayenne pepper sauces in the past. Sauces like Crystal, Texas Pete, and Trappey’s all taste the same of salt, vinegar and a thin, sharp biting heat that just seems so watered down.

But we have recently discovered more gourmet style richer tasting sauces like Swamp Scum, Louisana Gold, and recently Mama Bull’s that are changing our minds.

Here are two sauces that are so rich tasting that they will be on our table alongside the venerable Tabasco, Pickapeppa, and Cholula sauces. That’s saying something folks!

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